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The Kids Post - - Registry of Educators - MARCO REDA ATH­LETIC DI­REC­TOR, HIGH SCHOOL HPE

With 15 years of coach­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, ed­u­ca­tion was a nat­u­ral pro­gres­sion for Marco Reda. “I was al­ways in­ter­ested in teach­ing phys. ed., play­ing sports and was al­ways good at it and wanted to trans­fer th­ese ath­letic skills to stu­dents,” he says.

Reda’s teach­ing phi­los­o­phy is based on play­ing games to teach skill de­vel­op­ment with an em­pha­sis on fair­ness and in­clu­sion, rather than just drills. A sig­nif­i­cant ex­pe­ri­ence for Reda was when he had a stu­dent with can­cer who was a top ath­lete and go­ing through treat­ment. Reda worked to en­sure that this stu­dent was ap­pro­pri­ately ac­com­mo­dated by other Small Schools Ath­letic Fed­er­a­tion (SSAF) or­ga­ni­za­tions.

Dur­ing his three years of teach­ing, Reda has seen a rise in in­volve­ment in school sports from all grade lev­els, as well as an in­crease in fe­male par­tic­i­pa­tion. He has also pro­moted the stu­dents’ phys­i­cal lit­er­acy and has ob­served this on the play­ground through in­creased sports par­tic­i­pa­tion and en­joy­ment. He fur­ther ex­tends the pos­i­tive ef­fects of his teach­ing dur­ing ex­tracur­ric­u­lars such as run­ning inter-mu­rals and af­ter-school recre­ation pro­grams.

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